Will You March or Spring Into Your New You?
Long before the Gregorian and Julian calendars, March held the place of first month of the year, and it makes a lot of sense; regardless of etymological meaning, March has always stood for new beginnings. Named after the Roman month Martius in honor of the god of war and agriculture, Mars, March signified the time of year that both warfare and cultivation of the land could commence once again. However, growth does not have to be characterized by fight or struggle.
Other Meanings, Other Means
In other European languages and cultures, the equivalent words for March derive from the words for “spring” or the time when the land became both more passable and arable, when birch trees started sprouting, and the season of Lent denoted the spring equinox. With this amount of etymological evidence for development rather than forced progression, it is worthwhile evaluating our approach to personal evolution and consider a healthy balance of effort and rest.
Equality is Key
Probably not coincidentally, March is also Women’s History Month, and March 8th is International Women’s Day, with this year’s United Nations theme “Equality for Women is Progress for All.” It seems the signs point towards an equality outside as well as within ourselves as women to harness both our masculine and feminine energies and to create a new self that will balance everything else around us as a result. Yet we cannot spring forward with full force and expect to endure; we need to measure our pace wisely.
March, Don’t Spring
The spring equinox, with its equal length of day and night, is a good example of how to use our faculties in a balanced way so that we do not have to struggle towards, but smoothly move into personal growth and development. We can continually allow more light into our lives by including clean(s)ing the mental, physical, and spiritual areas in the annual spring cleaning of our homes.
- Mental clean(s)ing can consist of a renewed effort to watch your thoughts and spoken words. What we think and speak, we materialize, but we often do not even notice how “negative” or self-sabotaging we really are. Find tools, such as WhirlWing© Writing exercises, to assess your level of genuine, positive equanimity.
- Physical clean(s)ing does not have to consist of diets or body cleanses that are so often prone to failure. Try to simply eliminate one not-so-healthy food or drink at a time, instead. Then, when you do feel like having a diet coke, enjoy it as a treat!
- Spiritual clean(s)ing is easily done by de-cluttering your home (Feng Shui), using incense to dispel stagnant energies (sage smudging), or a habit of discharging energies you picked up before entering your home.
You will notice that spiritual healing and personal growth become much easier when you include mental and physical clean(s)ing. Everything is interconnected, after all. Please remember to be gentle with yourself, march slowly but steadily, and exert your energy wisely!
Bio: Ronja Vieth, Ph.D. is a published scholar, poet, and author from Germany, who teaches and works as an Intuitive Life Coach. She is co-host of Divine Connection Radio on Facebook & YouTube. Find more information on www.englobe.me.